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Clippers' Austin Rivers has renewed confidence and has been more productive

Clippers' Austin Rivers has renewed confidence and has been more productive

Austin Rivers needed only a moment to process the question: When was the last time he felt this good on the court?

"I don't know," Rivers said late Wednesday night before the answer popped into his head. "High school, really. Winter Park. For real."

Those were the days when Rivers seemingly ruled the basketball world as one of the top prospects in the country. He would go on to one solid season at Duke before spending 2 1/2 underwhelming seasons as a backup guard with the New Orleans Pelicans after they had made him the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

His start with the Clippers last season after they traded for him in...

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